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Joey Allaham and The Prime Hospitality Group
New York's first kosher omakase* Japanese restaurant is scheduled to open Sunday, July 20th in Manhattan's Sony Building. Butterfish originally opened to the public as a traditional, authentic, and Japanese omakase restaurant in April... Read more...
How to Keep that Guac GREEN!
Learn the secret to avoiding browning – works every time. It's simple, foolproof, and easy -- and no, it doesn't involve avocado pits or extra lime juice.
Thank you to our colleagues at TheKitchn.com for sharing this great... Read more...
Roasting Whole Garlic
Roasted garlic is so versatile. It can add a special flavor to foods such as pasta, bread, poultry, meat and fish dishes. When mashed into a homemade salad dressing or sauce, it is simply an irresistible treat for garlic lovers.
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Follow-up to KosherBuzz Antibiotic Resistant Chicken
This editorial is co-authored by Timothy D. Lytton a professor of law at Albany Law School. and Joe M. Regenstein, Ph.D, professor of food science in Cornell University’s Department of Food Science. It discusses the recent findings of high levels of antibiotic resistant e-coli in kosher chickens.
A more likely explanation for the elevated E. coli levels lies in feather removal. The most efficient and common way to remove chicken feathers is to soak the carcass in scalding water, which makes the feathers easier to pluck mechanically. Kosher restrictions do not allow for any form of cooking a chicken — which includes immersion in scalding water — until after the meat has been soaked and salted to remove the blood. As a result, kosher production requires chickens to be dry plucked or soaked in very cold water to firm up the flesh so that it survives an automatic plucking process. Immersion in scalding water prior to plucking of non-kosher poultry production reduces microbial load, by either washing microbes away or by killing them, which might account for differences between kosher and other production methods. This merits further investigation.
Drs. Lytton and Regenstein both agree that recent findings may raise food safety concerns. However, the exact implications of this research with respect to both kosher and non-kosher poultry merits further research, and it must be based on a better understanding of kosher poultry production and regulation.
Read their entire editorial.